From Olympia, Washington, USA:
Our 2 year old daughter was just diagnosed with type 1. We are trying to keep her blood sugar level between 100 and 200. I have two questions: (1) Is there damage, and if so what type, by keeping her blood sugar at 150-200? (2) She complains about being hungry and feeling pain when her blood sugar level is 150-200 when she hasn't had insulin for 14-15 hours (overnight). Is it possible she just lacks the insulin to process the sugar she has? Is there a test for insulin in the blood that could tell us this?
Managing diabetes in a 2 year old can be a frustrating process. It is unlikely that she will have any damage from a blood sugar level of 150-200 at this young age. However, as she grows -- especially into her teen years, more aggressive control of her blood sugar is important to help decrease her risk for long-term complications of diabetes. Other than the routine testing of blood sugars every day and a routine Hemoglobin A1c (which typically is monitored every 3 months in this age group), there is usually no other testing that is helpful in controlling diabetes at this age. Usually, one uses a longer acting insulin such as NPH, Lente, or Ultralente insulin at dinner or bedtime to provide for insulin needs overnight -- thus, your daughter really is not "without" insulin for the 14-15 intervening hours of sleep.
Original posting 29 Dec 1999
Posted to Daily Care
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:08
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.